Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle for
Adults 55+

Friendship Circle is a Program designed for Jewish older adults in Sonoma County.  It was founded almost thirty years ago and is now the premier year round program of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County.  It offers cultural, recreational, educational, and social programming to healthy elders and outreach to frail and more isolated seniors in retirement communities. The Friendship Circle program provides a twice monthly Hot Lunch and Learn program, Senior Excursions to theatre and museums, monthly Yiddish clubs and classes, literature and exercise classes, Judaic studies, and special holiday events throughout the year.

We are so pleased by the positive feedback we get from our Friendship Circle participants. We would like to extend the Friendship Circle to those who may not already know about us. Please call me if you are aware of seniors who would enjoy our luncheons, excursions, and special events. We are especially eager to contact newcomers to our community, and those who may feel isolated or lonely. We are expanding our programs throughout the county, and welcome your suggestions. Thanks to the renewal of a special transportation grant from the Jewish Community Federation, we are able to offer free rides to our events on the JFCS van within Santa Rosa to those who can no longer drive. If you live outside of Santa Rosa, we can arrange carpools from Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma, and Windsor/Healdsburg to our events. (Please don’t let a lack of transportation be an obstacle to participation.) We look forward to hearing from you.

Help Keep Luncheons Affordable!
Become a Sponsor

Friendship Circle is seeking sponsors for our monthly luncheons. By becoming a sponsor, you help seniors maintain access to healthy food, educational & entertaining programs, and a socially supportive community.

You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Sonoma County Seniors.

If you enjoy our Friendship Circle luncheons and would like to help keep them affordable in the coming years, please spread the word to those who may be interested in sponsoring a luncheon.

Contact Jalena Mays (707) 528-4176,

We thank you for your support.

For more information about Friendship Circle, please contact:

Program Director, Jalena Mays, or 528-1476